Petawawa Awaiting Plan For Centennial Park Repairs

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The frustrating wait to bring Petawawa's flood-damaged Centennial Park back to life is going to last a little longer.

Town Councillors were told on Monday night that the bulk of the damage likely won’t be repaired this summer.   Officials are still waiting to find out how much the town might receive in insurance money to help defray the cost of repairs.   Once they know that, likely in the next week or two, Town staff has been asked to put together some repair options for Council to consider.

One silver lining is that the portion of walking trail that runs through the park area could be repaired by this fall, allowing the public to enjoy it for awhile before next winter sets in.

Councillor Tom Mohns says it’s frustrating to essentially lose the park for a whole year, but with the "catwalk" retaining wall and beach area along the Petawawa River also in dire need of repair,  it may be an opportunity to put together a plan to redevelop everything.

"Unfortunately, the summer is pretty well shot.  I don't think we'll see any value out of the park this summer", Mohns told reporters after Monday night's Council Committee meeting at Town Hall.

"I think the big question is where we're going to go with the park;  this is a chance now for us to do something with it and make it into a real showpiece", Mohns added.

The Road Ahead

The Town's Facilities Manager, Mark Reinert ,told councillors on Monday night there are still trees to be removed, along with other debris, in order to make the park area safe.  

He says they are beginning to make some headway, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

Town Treasurer Annette Mantifel told councillors a meeting was held recently with insurance adjusters for an update, but the claim decision process is still underway.

Mayor Bob Sweet asked that officials press for some answers for Council as soon as possible.